The Edmond Sun

July 26, 2013

Hospital initiative improves health of Oklahoma babies


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — An innovative statewide hospital initiative, the “Every Week Counts” initiative shows an 81 percent decrease in total scheduled deliveries. The Oklahoma Hospital Association and The Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center launched a quality improvement collaborative to eliminate non-medically indicated scheduled cesarean births and inductions at less than 39 weeks.

Scheduling a baby’s date of delivery without a medical reason even just one to two weeks before their due date increases the baby’s risk for breathing and feeding problems.

For information about having a healthy baby, visit the “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” and go to http://iio.health.ok.gov.